As some of you may have noted from one of my previous posts, my 996 came with a very unwanted additional accessory... an aftermarket faux wood vinyl trim.
This is one of the primary reasons for not sharing interior shots... I was just far too embarrassed.
I mean, look at it. Ugh.
So, naturally, I needed to remove it ASAP... and spent the better part of this afternoon slowly but surely pealing off the scourge.
1. A Hair drier + extension cord to heat up the adhesive prior to removal
2. A bottle of Goo Gone (or something similar) to remove any remaining residue
3. Clean cloths to apply the goo gone and wipe any residue clean
4. Lots and lots of patience...
The general steps I followed:
1. Apply heat via hair drier
2. Slowly peel back the trim using my hands (and gently with my nails when required).
3. Wipe the exposed surface down with a tiny bit of goo-gone. I was careful not to use too much for fear of damaging the underlying plastic or leather.
4. Use a clean dry cloth to wipe off any of the goo-gone and adhesive residue
It took plenty of patience, but I was finally able to work my way through all the trim pieces.
Bottom dash complete:
It looks so much better! And the good news is that the leather and plastic underneath is in good shape. I was obviously concerned that the trim had been used to mask some damage, but thankfully that was not the case. I guess the PO actually liked the marble look.
The moral of this story? Do not buy and apply the cheap eBay vinyl crap to your car. The next owner will not thank you for doing it!